Ironing Board Quandary

August 17, 2010

Pretty soon, I’m going to be getting rid of this.

My ironing zone This is usually where I do my ironing.  It’s in our spare bedroom/game room/craft room/sewing room.  I do like that I can look out the window when I iron and it’s just a few steps away from my sewing machine.  But the carpet makes the ironing board kind of unstable and I’m always afraid that the hot iron is going to topple off and land on my dog Rosie, who likes to lie by my feet when I work. 

Cool new ironing board We just bought one of these cool little gizmos.  Ours has a shelf inside to store the iron when you’re not ironing.   Definite ironing coolness.

Sewing SpotI think I want to install it on that blank section of wall there.

Oakey Oak OakMy problem is I just can’t figure out what I want to do with this unfinished oak wood.  All of our trim is painted Swiss Coffee.  Should I paint it like the rest of our trim?  Stain it?  Faux finish it?  I was even wondering if I could use my bead board wallpaper on the large panel, and then paint it out. 

I need help!!

What would you do with this door??? 

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14 comments:

  1. I think I would put the beadboard wallpaper on the panel and paint it out. My other thought would be to paint the trim and do something jazzy with the panel like Modge Podge or something of that nature...except that it might look weird with the map next to it.

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  2. Could you paint it the same color as the wall so it nearly disappears? But maybe not very exciting ... they other idea is to stain or paint the trim and then mount a bulletin board on the front.

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  3. I have always wanted one of those! You are lucky :)

    I just barely linked up my giveaways - sorry I was a little late. What a good idea!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  4. I would mod podge it with something but that is me. :)

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  5. I have one of those too in my kitchen. They are terrific!! I would paint it out the same as your walls.

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  6. I would love it if you stopped by to link this up to my "Help Me Wednesday" party, the post is up now!

    I vote to paint it the same color as your trim, maybe even add the textured wallpaper then paint it the trim color. Swiss coffee, mmmm that sounds so good!

    Good luck with whatever you decide!
    -Ann Marie

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  7. Hey Caroline. I just wanted to thank you for stopping by and entering my giveaway.

    I bought one of these several years back and we still haven't gotten around to finishing the laundry room and installing it. I'm so sick of looking at or dragging out an ironing board. Let me know if you like it. Is is big enough or do you miss your regular board. I couldn't even begin to give you suggestions on how to finish it. Shoot, I can't even get it out of the box.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

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  8. I think using the same color for trim would be good then making the center of it blackboard so you can use that as a multifunction area!

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  9. My first thought was to modge podge some old patterns on the center panel, but it's so close the the map that it may clash. I would either make it a whiteboard for sewing notes or chalkboard with 'ironing 5 cents each piece' and trim the edges to match the rest of the room or paint the entire thing with the wall colors so it 'disappears'.

    I'm really looking forward to what you do with it.

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  10. Oh, that's cool! I like the beadboard wallpaper idea, but I'm not sure if I would do the trim color or a fun accent color. You could use that turquoise that's on your bulletin board above the desk. Can't wait to see what you do!

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  11. Hi there! What a neat little contraption. Having to drag mine out is a total pain in the you know what! I would paint it out in the Swiss coffee and put one of those wood embelishments you can buy at Lowe's on and then use a stain glaze the embellishment to bring out the details. Good luck with whatever you choose!!

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  12. I like your ideas a lot. You might also consider painting it with chalk board paint in the center and staining the edge so it looks like a frame. Then your cupboard could do double duty.
    Pam

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  13. well I'm not giving you the advice you are asking for but I'm giving some anyway! Just don't get rid of that big ironing board. When we built our new house 9 years ago I got one of those lovely hidden wall mounted ironing boards...it looks identical to yours. It is a great thing EXCEPT if you sew and need to iron a big piece of fabric or sew/make big pieces like window treatments, table cloths, or have to iron anything very long. It is a pain to iron, shift, iron, shift, iron shift...in small increments. So just beware & don't get rid of that big one! Otherwise you'll love it

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  14. Thanks so much for linking up to Help Me Wednesday, and showing some love with a link in your post. :) I featured you, feel free to grab a button!

    Have a wonderful week,
    Ann Marie

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